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  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2011)
    Performance
    (1597)
    Story
    (1599)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Christian says: "Audio quality quite poor"
    "Good Book - Bad Reader"
    Overall

    I am a great Clancy fan and Hunt is Clancy in the prime. Unfortunately, the reader mispronounces the occasional word and his accents are terrible. All those characters and only three of four accents and some of those incorrect for the character described by the author. The pacing is just a little off. The emphasise was wrong some times. The flaws were just enough to be grating and drop a 5 star listen down to 3.5. I will look for Mr. Charles as narrator and pass the book by, no matter how good a bargain.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Crossroad: A Novel of Midnight Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (378)

    From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Rocky Start but Good Mystery"
    "Manfred, what happened to you?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Charlaine Harris and/or Susan Bennett?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Charlaine Harris? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Which character – as performed by Susan Bennett – was your favorite?

    Manfred


    Was Midnight Crossroad worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was good but not great.


    Any additional comments?

    From Manfred's previous appearances in the Harper Connolly series, I expected more depth to his character. He was so psychic before, now he is portrayed as a hustler without any any glimpse of the gift that we know he has. Try again Charlaine, or develop Manfred the way he deserves to be shown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paw Enforcement: K9, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Diane Kelly
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (311)

    Officer Luz is lucky she still has a job after tasering a male colleague where it counts the most. Sure, he had it coming - which is why the police chief is giving Megan a second chance. The catch? Her new partner can't carry a gun, can't drive a cruiser, and can't recite the Miranda Rights. Because her new partner is a big furry police dog. So that's what the chief meant when he called Megan's partner a real bitch...With Brigit out on the beat, Megan is writing up enough tickets to wallpaper the whole station.

    Janelle Carter says: "Not so funny"
    "Fun and funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Paw Enforcement the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed seeing life from both points of view. While Officer Luz had many good observations, Bridget kept us apprised of the true prospective.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yeah, what is Bridget going to do next in her training of Officer Luz.


    Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just kept smiling


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband: The Daughters of Glen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Melissa Mayhue
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he's vowed never to marry, that's exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day - she just discovered her fiance with another woman! Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Pleasantly Surprised!"
    "Not bad, but could be improved."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed the tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband?

    When they rescue Connor and his sister and bring them back. I was worried about how it the author would find a way to give us a happy ending.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The whispers and high pitch of some voices made it difficult to understand all the conversations. When the narrator lowers the volume for whisper or the frequency of her voice to a high pitch it is not understandable at a volume that is comfortable for normal listening.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Evening the conversational volume.


    Any additional comments?

    There are three brothers who now work with Connor, Tell me about their adventures. Plus I would like a meeting between Connor and Richard. More stories please, with or without the faery connection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Billionaire's Contract Engagement

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Harry Berkeley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    It doesn’t take long for billionaire businessman Evan Reese to realize his attraction to ad executive Celia Taylor. For six months he’s wooed her and now she’s agreed to accompany him to beautiful Catalina for a family wedding. There he plans to seduce her with his charms, but he can’t be certain how she’s going to take the news that she’ll be there on his arm playing the role of his fake fiancée.

    Maria says: "Communication is Key!"
    "Poor plot - very badly narrated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Billionaire's Contract Engagement?

    Plot is predictable and is only made worse by the smirky tone of the reader. He is either smirking because he is getting paid to read this rubbish or he is hamming it up.


    What could Maya Banks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Kept it to herself - put some interesting occurences in the story line.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Harry Berkeley’s performances?

    NO!


    What character would you cut from Billionaire's Contract Engagement?

    Female and male leads


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1026)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Calliope says: "Good but not her best"
    "Best Royal Spyness so far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Queen of Hearts?

    Like the ship board activity, the aura of 1930's glamour was fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    Queenie's comeupance,


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She is Georgie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the fire


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paid Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The easiest solution is to hire a paid companion.

    bluebelle says: "Always a fun listen"
    "Not 'Great Literature' just a fun read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - Nice combination of believable characters, history and interesting plot. Doesn't fit the trite formula usually encountered in this sort of books.This book is a light, amusing romp. Nothing great or earthshaking, just fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    premise of a pretend engagement and that the heroine was neither missish no slutty..


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice was pleasant and my hands were free to do other things,


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, I just let the pleasure of its company roll over me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Ash: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Trish McCallan
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (253)

    Kait Winchester inherited a special gift from her Arapaho ancestors: She can heal with her touch. And there is no one she would like to get her hands on more than the super-sexy SEAL who seems determined to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she’s ready to nurse him back to health…and into her bed.

    Karen says: "Second Book Better Than First!"
    "Too much sex - too little plot developement"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Parts of it were very good, but this author managed to make the sex boring - note to author, we have good imaginations, no need to be so graphic.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tie up the loose ends with your action sequences. Develop your plots better, flesh out the characters. They seem to be a bit one dimensional. There is no need to make everyone rich because you are too lazy to build a real life for them.


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?

    smooth as cream


    Did Forged in Ash inspire you to do anything?

    Yep, write something.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to book three in the series, but you have the imagination to do better than Book 2. Book 1 of the series is an example of that.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (337)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Never again - worst Griffin novel ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    Dick Hill, Yes! Griffin and/or Butterworth never again. They must have used cut and paste from previous novels to write most of the book. What remained of the plot was disorganized and uninteresting. This book was probably written in a weekend and that was a waste of time.


    What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth ’s story?

    The lack of cohesion.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was ok. Dick Hill is used for procedurals because he sounds like reading an after action report. He was probably bored to tears by the book just like the rest of us.


    What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

    The authors.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be the last of the series for the authors. It was the last of a series for me as a reader. I am going to call my library and warn them if they haven't ordered it, don't waster their money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chaos in Death: In Death, Book 33.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (960)

    Eve Dallas is the tough lieutenant hot on his trail, but this is unlike any case she’s ever been assigned - or any killer she’s ever pursued. A police sketch based on eye-witness testimony reveals the killer has green skin, swollen red eyes, goblin ears, and a dislocated jaw-structure that defies the human form. Is it a mask? Is it make-up? Or is the explanation more sinister? Dallas faces off against multiple suspects - all of them students of medicine capable of precisely slicing the ears, noses, and eyes of the three victims.

    L. Reiner says: "In Death Book 33.5 - Not Robb's best, but good"
    "Ugh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    SOmeone who has never enjoyed a Dallas book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. D. Robb again?

    Absolutely - this was an aberation.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Susan Erikson is the voice of the In Death series.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Chaos in Death?

    all of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covert Warriors: Presidential Agent Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (445)

    At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.

    Richard Tabisz says: "Disappointing"
    "Ragged, not up to standards"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Covert Warriors? What did you like least?

    I liked hearing about the characters in a new plot.


    What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth ???s story?

    but there were dropped threads and shoddy attention to detail. The duo need to hone their partnership style.


    Which character ??? as performed by Dick Hill ??? was your favorite?

    Charlie


    Was Covert Warriors worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The style should improve. The first Dick Francis/Felix Francis novel was not as good as usual too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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